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CPRE to support local campaign group’s legal challenge over golf course

The Surrey Branch of CPRE will support legal proceedings by a local action group, the Cherkley Campaign, against the decision by the Development Control Committee of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) to approve the development of a golf and leisure complex at Cherkley Court near Leatherhead.
CPRE is supporting the Cherkley Campaign because it believes that a Judicial Review could overturn MVDC’s decision to give planning consent for the golf course. The Council committee’s decision was made against the advice of MVDC’s own Planning Officers and in conflict with a number of provisions in the Mole Valley Local Plan.

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Cherkley campaigners vow to fight on after Government fails to call-in MVDC decision

Cherkley campaigners vow to fight on after Government fails to call-in MVDC decision

Campaigners against a golf and leisure development at Cherkley Court near Leatherhead have vowed to continue their fight after the Government decided not to authorize a planning inquiry.

Members of CPRE Surrey Branch said they were “disappointed but not entirely surprised” that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Eric Pickles, had declined to ‘call in’ a decision by Mole Valley councillors in favour of the development.

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Mole Valley Council’s golf course vote “sets a dangerous precedent”

Mole Valley Council’s golf course vote “sets a dangerous precedent”
CPRE Surrey Branch has expressed “disappointment and alarm” at the vote by Mole Valley District Council’s Development Control Committee to allow the development of a golf and leisure complex at Cherkley Court, Leatherhead, the former home of Lord Beaverbrook. During the 2-hour debate at the Committee’s meeting on May 2, a succession of Councillors had cited the opposition of CPRE and other conservation groups to the proposals for the golf and leisure development at Cherkley. CPRE had argued that the scheme – by London-based developers Longshot – was contrary to the...
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CPRE takes optimistic view of Surrey’s future

CPRE takes optimistic view of Surrey’s future
Over 200 members of CPRE Surrey attended Members’ Forums over the last two weekends.   The CPRE Surrey Members’ Forums were held at Shalford Village Hall (for members in the west of the county) and Reigate Town Hall (for members in the east).   At both Forums the message was distinctly upbeat. Tim Murphy, Chairman of CPRE Surrey, announced that its active membership had grown to over 2,000, making it the third largest CPRE branch in England. It was increasingly listened to and its advice followed by local authorities – and even by developers, he said. At both Forums, Tim...
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Fight back against fly-tipping!

Fight back against fly-tipping!

Fly-tipping and littering is ruining our countryside and harming the wildlife. Surrey is blessed with some of the best countryside the country has to offer but it is being blighted by rubbish dumped in hedgerows, lanes and fields. Action needs to be taken now to stop the countryside becoming a rubbish dump.

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